At Home Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer
Many women do not know something that could help them prevent breast cancer, and it's as easy as taking a DNA test at home.
It's also important for men to consider genetic testing for breast cancer because men can also have mutations in their BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes (the 'breast cancer genes') that significantly increase the risk of breast cancer. Men may also pass these mutations on to their daughters and sons.
About At Home Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer
It is possible to take an at-home genetic test for breast cancer. All you have to do is submit a DNA sample to our lab, and we will analyze it for not only the genes that have the highest chances of causing breast cancer (the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes) but for eight other genes that also increase risk of breast cancer, such as the ATM gene.
This is one of the most comprehensive assessments of inherited breast cancer risk.
How It Works
Sequencing.com has two DNA tests available for purchase. The first one is the Ultimate DNA test. This is similar to a basic DNA test that you can get from popular DNA companies such as 23andMe, Ancestory.com, MyHeritage, and Living DNA. The data derived from this DNA test can be analyzed for gene variants that have shown to increase the risk for breast cancer, but some information will be missing because the data is not complete enough.
For a complete DNA analysis - whole genome sequencing is required. The special Ultime Genome Sequencing - Breast Cancer Screen Package will give you as much information as currently possible from your sample. This also means that you will receive all of the information about your genetic risk for breast cancer included in the analysis report.
Why Everyone Needs to Take Advantage of At-Home Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer
Mammograms and feeling for breast lumps that could be cancerous tumors can set people on the road to recovery from breast cancer, but genetic testing for breast cancer sets people on the road to prevention.
A genetic test for breast cancer gives you the insight needed to avoid certain situations that could lead to developing the condition, such as radiation exposure or certain medications. Speaking with your health care professional or genetic counselor is a good idea after receiving the results so a plan for prevention can be created.
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Male Breast Cancer: Why This Works for Men
Men suffer from breast cancer as well, but sadly, men often catch it much later because they don't look for lumps or have mammograms. This is why all men should take advantage of the at-home genetic testing for breast cancer app Sequencing.com offers. If a man has any of the genes that have been shown to increase the risk of breast cancer, they can also seek ways to prevent it from happening. This is much better than waiting to see if it does develop and risk catching it early.
Still having reservations about it? Our Breast Cancer Genetic Testing: Pros and Cons provides additional information to consider.
How Accurate Is Sequencing.com's DNA Analysis for Breast Cancer
The DNA analysis app 'Prevent Breast Cancer' is very comprehensive. It uses the same process labs do that health care providers offer to test for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The difference is that the app is much more comprehensive, so it tests for many other breast cancer-related genes.
You can trust the results you received from the Prevent Breast Cancer app. You can also trust your DNA data when it is uploaded to our website for your own use. Once the DNA test has completed, your DNA data will be stored in your confidential Sequencing.com account and ready to use with the Prevent Breast Cancer analysis app or another report from the wide assortment available from Sequencing.com.
About The Author
Dr. Brandon Colby MD is a US physician specializing in the personalized prevention of disease through the use of genomic technologies. He's an expert in genetic testing, genetic analysis, and precision medicine. Dr. Colby is also the Founder of Sequencing.com and the author of Outsmart Your Genes.
Dr. Colby holds an MD from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, an MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business, and a degree in Genetics with Honors from the University of Michigan. He is an Affiliate Specialist of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), an Associate of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM), and a member of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC).
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